Salvia viridis, Annual Clary, Orval

Salvia viridis

Annual Clary, Orval
Family: Lamiaceae
Origin: Mediterranean
USDA Zone: 5-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowers

This Mediterranean native prefers full-sun or semi-shade and moderate watering. When planted in an ideal location, the plant produces pink, white, off-white, blue, lavender or purple flowers. Salvia viridis (Annual Clary) grows in USDA hardiness zones 8-9 and is grown as an annual in USDA Zones 5-9.

When grown in colder climates, Salvia viridis is best suited for growing in containers indoors. To do so, provide a pot that is twice the size of the root ball of the plant and use well-draining soil. When planting in a container, use a specially designed potting mix that is designed for container plants. The soil should be kept somewhat moist, but not waterlogged. Place the pot in a sunny location and water when the soil surface is dry. Feed the plant fertilizer with a balanced formulation once every two weeks to ensure steady growth.

Deadheading or trimming spent flowers will encourage further blooming. Pruning Salvia viridis should be done carefully because it can lead to overgrowth, as well as long and leggy growth. With minimal care and optimal growing conditions, this small plant can add a dash of beautiful colors to your garden beds.

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